Munster's Beirne to start for Ireland

16 March, 2019, 17:42 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Munster player to make Six Nations debut for Ireland against Wales

Beirne is joined in the Ireland pack by Munster back-rowers Peter O'Mahony and CJ Stander.

Joe Schmidt has named his team for Saturday's Six Nations showdown against Wales in Cardiff.

If Ireland do win in Cardiff it would open the door for England by defeating the Scots at Twickenham in the final game of the championship.

The Irish boss, as expected, recalled Rob Kearney and Sean O'Brien while handing Tadhg Beirne his Six Nations debut.

Rory Best will lead the traditional eve of match Captain's Run at the Principality Stadium.

Wales coach Warren Gatland was quick to ridicule Jones' comments and pointed out that England have made 133 more tackles than his side.

Schmidt said: "He probably would have liked to have had a bit more game time leading into it but it's just a case of slotting people in". 'If it was me, I'd be concentrating on playing Scotland.


"With that combination, I do think he is as ready as we can get him to be at this stage and I know he's incredibly motivated to be as ready as he can be".

Sean O'Brien replaces Josh van der Flier in the back-row after his injury against France.

Rob Kearney, who was a late withdrawal last weekend, returns at full-back having recovered from a calf strain.

Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are named in the pivot positions with Garry Ringrose partnering Bundee Aki for a seventh occasion.

Scrum-half Kieran Marmion may get his first taste of Six Nations action this year off the bench, with Jack Carty and Jordan Larmour covering the rest of the backline.

Munster duo Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne plus Andrew Porter cover the front row off the bench, with Ultan Dillane and Conan the other forward replacements.

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